Calif. Civil Code §§4735 and 4736
Added and amended by S.B. 992
Effective date: September 18, 2014

A homeowners’ association (HOA) is prohibited from:

  • including terms in its landscaping guidelines or policies which prohibit the replacement of existing turf with drought-tolerant plants; and
  • requiring owners to pressure wash the exterior of their property or common areas during a government-declared drought.

An HOA which uses recycled water for landscape watering is permitted to impose a fine on a property owner who fails to sufficiently water their lawn.